Wednesday, January 2, 2013

How Did the Coke Bottle Get Its Shape?

Watch the video to find out!

(via instapundit)

Star Trek TOS Statistics

Yes, someone took the time both to compile some interesting details from the original Star Trek series but then converted this data into usable (and visually appealing  chart form.  My geek heart abounds with love with this masterpiece!

(via coolinfographics)

How About a Nice Game of Chess?

But you've never seen chess played like this . . . to the extreme.

(via geeksaresexy)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Evie

Now that the day's excitement is over, grab a mug of egg nog and enjoy this rehearsal of Evie Harris's Christmas lounge act, Christmas Evie (starring Jack Plotnick and Broadway devotee Seth Rudetsky).

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Christmas Story

In case you haven't heard, TNT's 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story (or a movie I used to love until it was overplayed and overhyped by TNT) begins in five minutes. Put on your bunny suit and try not to use up all the glue on purpose...



Plus here's some bonus information for the serious fans . . . Did you know the original script called for a fantasy sequence between Ralphie and Flash Gordon?


Christmas Specials: Day 7

And the greatest Christmas special of all time . . .

Pee-Wee's Playhouse Christmas (1988)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

Festivus is upon us today!  So while you grease up for the feats of strength and I finish page 145 of this year's airing of grievances, recall the origins of this newest addition to the various winter-time festivals...

Actually, Seinfeld just moved Festivus into the popular culture.  The first Festivus dates back to 1966 . . . or so the legend says.

Christmas Specials: Day 6

In case you haven't noticed a pattern here with my special selections, I'm more partial to animation than live action for Christmas-themed celebrations.  Today's selection is from the first season of South Park in the episode that put that show on the map with Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo.  As disgusting as the idea is of singing feces, Mr. Hankey makes a few interesting philosophical points that go to the heart of the brilliant satire, as well as how concern over being sensitive to people who do not celebrate Christmas is taken to the extreme in a way that only South Park can do.

Here's the full episode.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Specials: Day 5

As someone whose heart once grew three sizes in a day, I give you today's Christmas special: How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  The animated adaptation of Dr. Seuss's  story of the same name, with animation by Chuck Jones (of Looney Tunes fame) and narration and Grinch voice by Boris "Monster Mash" Karloff.

And if the story of the resilience of the Whos of Whoville is not enough to touch you, then perhaps you can just empathize with the Grinches in your life.  Or at a minimum, remember celebrating Christmas isn't dependent on the perfect tree or whether you give or get an expensive gift--it's about celebration, joy, and fellowship.

Plus there's the cool song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."  Here's Aimee Mann and Grant Lee Phillips's rendition of the song, which I had the pleasure of seeing them perform live a few Christmases ago.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Michael Kors Leaving Project Runway

This is the worst Christmas gift ever.  Mr. Michael Kors will not be a judge on the next season of Project Runway.  While I'm surprised it took this long for one of the original judges to leave the show (and I have no thoughts on the addition of Zac Posen), Kors was one of the entertaining highlights of the show, particularly his absurd (and often hilarious) comments on what came out on the runway.  Over at Fashionista, they put together a collection of his greatest quips over the years (link).

Why is Christmas on December 25th?

Every year people drag out some comment about how Jesus was not really born on December 25 and that the holiday relates to some Roman pagan feast like it's the most original thought ever and as if it's going to change anything about the holiday and how people celebrate it.  Slate explains how the date came to be known as Christmas (link).

Christmas Specials: Day 4

In 1987 the Muppets released their television Christmas special, A Muppet Family Christmas, in which Fozzie and the gang drop in on his mother who desperately wanted to spend the holiday in Malibu but a snowstorm, surprise guests, and the recurring icy patch gag upset her plans but lead to a very special Christmas indeed.